October 19 2021
Today the government published its Net Zero Strategy, setting out a pathway to decarbonise all sectors and reach net zero by 2050. CPT's Head of Policy Alison Edwards said this:
“The Net Zero Strategy rightly recognises the importance of more journeys being made by bus and coach instead of by car, but we must not underestimate the scale of this challenge and targets for this switch are noticeably absent from the strategy.
“The Committee on Climate Change say we need to see one in ten car journeys made today made by bus by 2030 to reach net zero. This requires action now to begin to change peoples’ behaviour. Buses can be made a more attractive option given greater priority in road space allocation via the ongoing Bus Service Improvement Plan process and sufficient funding at next week’s Spending Review to match the ambition to put buses at the heart of transport networks.”